Jiangshan Fishing Village Renovation by Mix Architecture

© Hou Bowen, © Nanjing

The A’ Design Awards and Competition 2021 submission deadline is coming to an end; the last day to send your project is February 28, 2021! If you have a design you believe can win, hurry and submit it today! ArchEyes will publish the winners of the 2021 edition with a unique feature on April 15.

The A’ Design Award is a prestigious design award that embraces creators to submit their work into one of over 100 different categories, including architecture, building, and structure design; decorative items and homeware design; lighting products and projects design; interior space and exhibition design or packaging design among others. The diverse selection of categories ensures you can submit your projects to the ones most relevant.

Here are some of our favorite winners from previous editions:

Hill Wind by Huafang Wang

Hill Wind by Huafang Wang

© Song Ye and Xinghao Liu

According to the regional characteristics, the designer combines the local culture and historical context in the process of conception. Under the dominant atmosphere of modernism, the designer uses the language of design to create a dialogue with space, and then interprets the visual, tactile, and spiritual resonance, reproducing the Anji area humanistic landscape pattern of “The cicada noise highlights the silence of the forest, and birdsong sets off the depth of the mountain.”

Tangxing No.5 Residential House by Saiwen Liu

Tangxing No.5 Residential House by Saiwen Liu

 © Ye Mao, © Shi Fang Studio

Concerning the environmental pollution and reduction of natural resources, we try to utilize low-cost raw materials in the design. Moso bamboo is generally 3 to 5 years old; its soil consolidation capacity is 1.5 times the Pinus massoniana. The ability to conserve water is 30%-45% higher than that of Chinese fir. The same biomass of bamboo releases 30% more oxygen than other vegetation. With the increasingly terrible haze, plenty of bamboo wares will stimulate the bamboo planting.

Cloud of Luster by Tetsuya Matsumoto

Cloud of Luster Wedding Chapel by Tetsuya Matsumoto

© Stirling Elmendorf

The modern wedding ceremonies inspired the design for Cloud of Luster in Japan. These are all about the lightness, the brightness, and the smooth transition towards happy future family life. The lines needed to be naturally curvy, and the space needed to be open to receive as much light as possible. The columns needed to feel official as the ceremony is taking place and yet be as smooth and glamorous as to spread the moment’s happiness.

Solar Skywalks Energetic Activation of Footbridges by Peter Kuczia

Solar Skywalks Energetic Activation of Footbridges by Peter Kuczia

© Rendering: nomadd+

The world’s metropolises have a large number of pedestrian bridges traversing busy traffic arteries. They are often unattractive, downgrading the overall urban impression. Peter Kuczia idea of cladding the pedestrian bridges with aesthetic, power generating photovoltaic modules and transforming them into attractive city spots is sustainable and creates a sculptural diversity that becomes an eye-catcher in the cityscape.

EN Skincare Salon and Store by Yusuke Kinoshita

EN Skincare Salon and Store by Yusuke Kinoshita

EN Skincare Salon and Store by Yusuke Kinoshita / © David Foessel

Adding a series of circular partitions across four rooms and two levels gently defines the space’s various functions. This leans into the Japanese hospitality principle of discovery; patrons must wind through the store to find each treatment area, rather than walking into an obvious open-plan. The unusual geometric forms serve to spark curiosity in the customer. The concept of ‘beauty’ by choosing golden polished brass for the circular partitions and accent pieces throughout the store.

K11 Musea Shopping Mall by K11 Musea

Images of K11 Musea by K11 Musea

© Edmon Leong

K11 reinvigorate the mall together with 100 creative powers hailing from various disciplines and cultures to make K11 MUSEA the Silicon Valley of Culture and inject art, architecture, design, sustainability, and all forms of culture into the new consumer’s daily life. At the core is a 35m high atrium dubbed Opera Theatre, which features hundreds of 1,800 programmable spotlights to resemble a galaxy, evoking curiosity and creativity, taking the form of a galaxy and mysterious body of stars.

Jiangshan Fishing Village Renovation Renovation by Mix Architecture

Images of Jiangshan Fishing Village Renovation by Mix Architecture

© Hou Bowen, © Nanjing

Radial by Jaroslaw Markowicz / © Jaroslaw MarkowiczUnder the impact of modern urbanization, the decline of rural areas has become an unavoidable reality. Mix Architecture was commissioned by Jiangshan Fishing Village in Gaochun of Nanjing to meet indigenous peoples’ basic needs for modern functions and cultural life and formulated a rural renewal plan.

Bullet+Stone Concrete Collection Architectural Hardware by James Tsarouhas and Joseph Di Benedetto

Images of Bullet+Stone Concrete Collection by James Tsarouhas and Joseph Di Benedetto

© Designer Doorware

Contemporary interiors were the primary influence. We do our utmost to listen to and observe architects and interior designers’ behavior to bring exciting and novel products to market that present actual value to our clientele. We noticed that many architects were stripping back ornamental finishes in favor of raw and sustainable alternatives, specifically exposed concrete. This allows the use of concrete to then spread into other interior spaces, such as furniture, sinks, countertops, flooring, and now, door hardware, with the Bullet+Stone collection by Designer Doorware.

Project EGG Small Pavilion by Michiel van der Kley

Images of Project EGG by Michiel van der Kley

© Ilco Kemmere

Michiel van der Kley has been muddling around and wondering about 3D printers and the fascinating possibilities of the latest software we have under our hands. It made him want to do something new, really fresh. Inspired by Nature and the intriguing possibilities of the software and people were encouraged to come up with this idea. We are now able to produce something like this in this unique way. After all, all of us together form some new kind of factory.

Termalija Family Wellness Swimming Pools by Enota

Termalija Family Wellness Swimming Pools by Enota

© Miran Kambič

Termalija Family Wellness is the latest in the series of projects we have built at Terme Olimia in the last fifteen years. It concludes the complete transformation of the spa complex. A lot of effort was invested into designing the buildings so that they don’t fill the space but connect it even more with the surrounding nature. The volume of necessary space required siting of a larger structure, which couldn´t simply be buried below the grade like in our previous projects on the site. No longer being able to reference only the surrounding natural landscape, the solution was found in scale and form of surrounding vernacular structures. The large roof above the water area was divided into smaller segments to prevent its scale from overwhelming the surroundings. Viewed from a distance, the shape, color, and scale of the new clustered structure of tetrahedral volumes is a continuation of the cluster of surrounding rural buildings, which visually extends into the heart of the complex.

Registration to A’ Design Award & Competition 2020-2021, Last Call!
The deadline for submission is February 28. Results will be announced to the public on April 15, 2021.